More than a quarter of new cases are in the 15-24 age group.
As the Gardaí continue to break up Freshers’ Week house parties in Cork, HSE chief executive Paul Reid appealed to young people to listen to the public health advice on Covid-19 and avoid group events ahead of “a winter like we have never experienced before.”
“The reality is 26% of our positive cases last week were in the 15-24 age group – that transmits into homes and there it transmits rapidly,” Mr Reid told Newstalk Breakfast.
“At this point in time, people are tired, frustrated, angry, winter’s coming in, it’s getting darker and colder. And people are really hoping for a kind of magic turnaround or a very big new solution to how we approach this.
“We do need to give people hope there will be an end to this awful phase that we’re all going through.”
40 new cases in Cork
An additional 363 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed across the country in the past 24 hours, with one further death from the virus.
Of the new cases, 154 were in Dublin, with 40 in Cork, 23 in Donegal, 16 in Wexford, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Galway, 14 in Monaghan, 11 in Kildare, 11 in Meath, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick, 6 in Clare, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary, with the remaining 29 cases in nine counties
Addressing the widespread anger and disbelief after hundreds of young people crowded around Galway’s Spanish Arch this week, Mr Reid admitted that “risky behaviours in a pandemic need calling out, for all age groups.”
Risky behaviours in a pandemic need calling out, for all age groups. My money is on younger people being a major part of the solution to this difficult phase. When we connect with them, they have proven to be a powerful force for change. Let’s all work on it. #COVID19 @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) September 29, 2020
“My money is on younger people being a major part of the solution to this difficult phase. When we connect with them, they have proven to be a powerful force for change. Let’s all work on it.” he tweeted.